Drudging through the mire of measureless night
I stumble and start and shiver to the soul,
Bracing for a fate that’s unchartered yet.
Writhing through the pain I wonder how long
My hands can hold our unawakened dream
And save from loss that unparalleled gleam.
And still do I hear the roar of that storm
That threatens to burst with fire and hail
And lay our crops to waste –
Smothered into molecules of unredeeming hate.
Still would I sing and bellow through the bone
The voice of a man with a mind of his own.